When the year had
ended, at Athens Dysnicetus was archon, and in Rome military tribunes with consular power were
elected, four in number: Quintus Servilius, Lucius Furius, Gaius Licinius, and Publius Coelius.
During their term of office the Thebans, taking the field with a large army against Orchomenus,
aimed to reduce the city to slavery, but when Epameinondas advised them that any who aimed at
supremacy over the Greeks ought to safeguard by their generous treatment what they had achieved
by their valour, they changed their mind. Accordingly they reckoned the people of Orchomenus as
belonging to the territory of their allies, and later, having made friends of the Phocians,
Aetolians, and Locrians, returned to Boeotia again.2
tyrant of Pherae, whose power
was constantly increasing, invaded Locris, first took Heracleia in Trachinia by treachery, laid
it waste, and gave the country to the Oetaeans and Malians; then later, moving into Perrhaebia,
he won over some of the cities by generous promises, and subdued others by force. As his
position of influence speedily became established, the inhabitants of Thessaly looked with
suspicion on his aggrandizement and encroachments.
While these things were going on, in the city of Argos civil strife broke
out accompanied by slaughter of a greater number than is recorded ever to have occurred
anywhere else in Greece. Among the Greeks this revolutionary movement was called "Club-law,"
receiving this appellation on account of the manner of the execution.